Tariq Ramadan in Utah

Announcement of Ramadan speech

  Tariq Ramadan is, very arguably, the most significant Muslim intellectual in Europe.  Tonight, though, he'll be speaking in Sandy, at the Utah Islamic Center, which is located at 9000 South 225 West. He's here, I presume, in connection with the 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions.  There's no particular reason that he would recall it, but I chaired a panel discussion that included him at a plenary session of the 2009 Parliament, in Melbourne, Au … [Read more...]


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New Testament 262

Dutch image of suffering Christ

  Matthew 20:17-19Mark 10:32-34Luke 18:31-34 Luke's comment, that the apostles "understood none of these things; this saying was hid from them, and they did not grasp what was said," is puzzling. Jesus' statement seems perfectly clear, entirely straightforward.  There's nothing in it that's difficult to grasp, conceptually.  It's not Hegel or Kant. So what does it mean that they didn't understand or grasp what Jesus was s … [Read more...]


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“No, Christianity should not ‘welcome’ or ‘include’ your sinful lifestyle”

The rainbow gay flag

  Wow.  Here's a bracingly frank statement of a perennial Christian viewpoint: http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/no-christianity-should-not-welcome-or-include-your-sinful-lifestyle/ Thanks to Bianca Lisonbee for bringing it to my attention.   … [Read more...]


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New Testament 261

Distant shot of J'lem Old City

  John 11:54-57 "Many went out of the country up to Jerusalem." I published a column in the Deseret News back on 30 April of this year about the seemingly mundane but quite important concept of "going up" to Jerusalem: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865627563/Going-up-to-Jerusalem.html?pg=all   … [Read more...]


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“Parliament of the World’s Religions convenes in Mormon country — at last”

SL Temple w/Tabernacle

    http://gazette.com/parliament-of-world-religions-convenes-in-mormon-country-at-last/article/1561261 I was intending to head up to the Parliament tonight -- I'd been invited to a reception there -- but, at the last minute, reality intervened.  (For one thing, I teach until 5:30 PM.  And I didn't get a neat launch even then.  And, finally, what with needing dinner and considering traffic on I-15 and etc., I concluded that I'd get there just a … [Read more...]


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“Why Were the Plates Necessary?”

On Cumorah's lonely hill

  A nice note from Stephen Smoot: http://www.plonialmonimormon.com/2015/10/why-were-plates-necessary.html   … [Read more...]


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Cutting through the red tape

Five-dollar bill

  A presidential aide entered the office and found Abraham Lincoln counting out dollar bills. "What are you doing?" the aide asked in astonishment. "A porter at the Treasury Department is laid up with smallpox," Mr. Lincoln responded.  "He is owed back wages, so I am what you call 'cutting through all the red tape' to give him his due."   … [Read more...]


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“To judge or not to judge: not much of a question”

Alberta Temple #2

  A nice essay from clear back in early July, by the peerless Greg Smith: https://seesangelsinthearchitecture.wordpress.com/2015/07/05/to-judge-or-not-to-judge-not-much-of-a-question/   … [Read more...]


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